April 20, 1982

1982: The crew for the movie “The Right Stuff” arrived at Edwards AFB to shoot the film. #Spaceman #Guardian

April 19, 1967

1967: MEDAL OF HONOR. Maj Leo K. Thorsness receives his medal by protecting a mission to rescue downed airmen in North Vietnam. He is shot …

April 18, 1942

1942: KEY EVENT–MEDAL OF HONOR. From the carrier USS Hornet, located 668 miles off Tokyo, Lt Col James H. Doolittle led 16 B-25s in the …

April 15,1952

1952: Boeing pilot A. M. “Tex” Johnston flies the YB-52 prototype for the first time. After a two+ hour flight the plane lands at Larson …

April 14, 1986

1986: Operation EL DORADO CANYON. The US retaliates against Libya for its involvement in terrorism with an airstrike using 24 F-111s from RAF Lakenheath, five …

April 13,1999

  1999: Operation ALLIED FORCE. US Army General Wesley Clark, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, asks for 300 more U.S. aircraft in addition to the …

April 12, 1981

1981: SPACE SHUTTLE’S MAIDEN VOYAGE. The Space Shuttle Columbia with Capt Robert Crippen (USN) and John Young on board launch on the first flight of …

April 11, 1966

  Apri 11, 1966: April 11, 1966: MEDAL OF HONOR/AIR FORCE CROSS. Near Cam My, South Vietnam, A1C William H. Pitsenbarger, a pararescueman, hoisted nine …

April 8, 1943

1943:  A P-47 Thunderbolt flies its first combat sortie over Western Europe. #Fighter Pilot

April 7, 1916

1916: Mexican mounted Rurales fire on Lt Herbert A. Dargue at Chihauhau City, Mexico, where he had landed with dispatches from the U.S. Consul. Capt …

April 5, 1943

1943: Operation FLAX. Northwest African Air Forces starts a concentrated attack on the Axis air transport service between Italy via Sicily to Tunisia. The operation …

April 4, 1975

  1975: Operation BABYLIFT/AIR FORCE CROSS: A MAC C-5 crashed in an emergency landing near Saigon, while flying the first mission in this operation. It …